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Precinct1313 Recommends: Batman – Cataclysm

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“It is a foe Batman can see and hear… but cannot touch. It will strike only once… yet will change his life forever. Already weakened by a debilitating plague, Gotham City is struck by a devastating force of nature, an earthquake that registers over 7.5 on the Richter scale. In an single instant, the Batcave and Wayne manor are left in ruins, thousands are dead, and the Batman is amongst the missing”

Batman: Cataclysm was a major storyline crossover, that ran throughout all of the various “Bat-family” titles in 1998, encompassing comics such as, Batman, Detective, Nightwing, Azrael, Catwoman, Robin, and many others. The gripping tale of a massive earthquake that rocked the very foundations of Gotham made for an exhilarating yet ultimately tragic and moving story of loss and hardship, as the people and heroes of this famed city work together to help avert the inevitable fallout from not just the earthquake itself, but also the various lunatics and Supervillains that have escaped from Blackgate prison and Arkham Asylum, who are intent on making the most out of Batman’s disappearance and the crumbling infrastructure of Gotham’s Police force. 

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This newly collected edition of the compelling story, contains material not previously available in the earlier trade compilation. This epic tome totals 464 pages in length, is written by Chuck Dixon, with art by Jim Aparo, and has an amazing Brian Stelfreeze cover. The story signalled the beginning of almost 2 years of storyline arcs that would deal exclusively with the earthquakes aftermath, culminating in the year long “Batman: No Man’s Land” saga.

Batman: Cataclysm is available in softcover format at your local comic book emporium right now. This definitive edition, as previously mentioned brings all aspects of the celebrated tale together for the first time, chronicling an event that, in the end is more destructive than anything Gotham has ever experienced before. Epic in both length and scale, this is a must have for all Bat-fans.

Precinct1313 Rating: 5 Calamitous Catastrophes Out Of 5.